Create Your Bespoke Watch Strap
The Metta Catharina Russian Reindeer Watch Strap
These straps are made using the 230+ year old Russian Reindeer leather salvaged from the wreck of the Metta Catharina. Given the age, these straps are made using probably the rarest and most unique leather available in the world today. The unique life of the leather has meant each strap will have its own marks and no two will be alike, with the leather varying from a mid to a darker, richer brown.
In 1786 the brigantine Metta Catharina was blown on to the rocks from her mooring in the Bristol Sound where she lay sheltering from a storm. She was on her way to Genoa from Saint Petersburg with a hold full of hides. She sank in 30 meters of water and lay there until in 1976 she was discovered. A dive team found that much of the bottom layers of leather had been preserved by the silt she lay embedded in and they started the recovery of the hides.
It is our huge privilege to work with this leather. Every item we make using it is rendered unique by the variable colour and appearance of the leather and its unusual life and we work with the reverence such an old and rare leather deserves. We hope the leather brings you the luck it has enjoyed so far!
The strap is lined with a calf of your choice. We have a wide variety of linen thread colours available to allow you to design a strap that suits exactly the look you want. The strap is raised to around 4.5mm at the watch, tapering to 2.3mm at the holes and point end of the strap to allow for easier buckling and threading through the keepers. If you'd like to see how your strap will be made we have a photo essay illustrating how we make them here.
Our straps can come complete with a variety of buckles or a Deployant, all in either satin or polished finish. We recommend the Deployant to minimise strap wear and give best strap life as well as being an aesthetically and mechanically pleasing fastener. Alternatively the strap can come ready for you to fit a buckle yourself or we can use a buckle or deployant you've supplied if you prefer. If you have a deployant with specific requirements, for instance a specific thickness please get in touch and we can help configure the strap as you need.
We're very happy to discuss custom options such as racing holes, point design, stitching options, etc or simply which colours and options are the best combination, please just drop us an email and we can talk through the options for your strap.
For help with sizing please see our size guide here. Every strap is made to measure so we can accomodate any size you require, if you'd like a non standard size just let us know.
We recommend the Saphir Medaille Nappa Cream for this incredibly old and rare leather. Treating your strap once a month with this cream will help to stop it drying out and feed the leather.